A Norwalk police sergeant is being investigated in connection with giving his girlfriend, a local corrections officer, a black eye.
Richland County Sheriff's Capt. Eric Bosko opened the investigation Friday because the suspected incident happened in his jurisdiction.
"We've done the interviews. We're in the initial stages," said Bosko, who declined to say what's left do with his investigation.
Once the probe is completed, Bosko will forward his findings to the Mansfield law director for review. He said prosecutors there will determine if there is probable cause to pursue criminal charges.
"I've already been in touch with them," said Bosko, the head of the Richland County criminal division.
The sergeant, who isn't being named because he hasn't been charged, declined to comment. He referred further questions to Chief Dave Light or Capt. Mike Conney. Both men couldn't be reached for comment Sunday.
The Huron County Sheriff's Office uncovered the abuse allegations when Deputy John Vogel responded to an unruly juvenile complaint at the corrections officer's home April 13.
"One of our deputies responded to a disturbance call -- on an unruly juvenile complaint. She lives in the eastern end of the county," Chief Deputy Ted Patrick said. "Her daughter was just being unruly."
Vogel noticed the woman had a black eye, he said.
"It appeared to be a week old. ... The other eye looked like it was about to turn black," Patrick said.
"She didn't want to comment on it," he added. "The daughter stepped up and she said (her mother) got hit by a Norwalk officer she's dating."
Upon returning from the call, Vogel reported what he saw to his commanding officers.
The woman returned from sick leave April 16 after being off work for about a week. Patrick said Lt. Chris Stanfield, the woman's supervisor, asked her if her sick leave was related to having a black eye.
"When he asked her about the black eye, she said she was assaulted by (the Norwalk officer)," Patrick said.
"We contacted Chief Light right away," he said. "We let him know there was this allegation."
The woman is back at work. The suspect remains on active duty.